Sit Down for This One — Former CIA Officer Arrested as Chinese Spy: You’ll Never Guess Who Hired Him

Sit Down for This One — Former CIA Officer
Arrested as Chinese Spy: You’ll Never Guess
Who Hired Him 2 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/19/2020 2:23:02 PM Post Reply

On Monday morning, it was announced in Honolulu, Hawaii, that a naturalized US citizen, Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, 67, originally born in Hong Kong, has been charged with espionage on behalf of the People’s Republic of China. If only the story were straightforward and simple — it is not. And I suspect there are many twists and turns ahead if this case moves forward in a courtroom. The following explains why. In 1982, Ma was hired by the CIA as a Case Officer and was assigned overseas in Asia. In that position, he held “Top Secret” and “Sensitive Compartmentalized Information” security clearances. That meant he had

Kevin Clinesmith, former FBI lawyer,
pleads guilty to falsifying Carter Page documents 4 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/19/2020 2:00:14 PM Post Reply

Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty Wednesday to falsifying documents used to continue the surveillance of President Trump’s 2016 campaign aide Carter Page.
“Guilty,” Clinesmith said when asked by a federal judge for a plea.
Clinesmith admitted to altering an email in early 2017 to say Mr. Page was not a source for the CIA when in fact he was. He told a federal judge Wednesday that he believed at the time the information he provided was accurate.

After Cutting NYPD Funding, De Blasio’s
Wife Gets $2 Million a Year in Taxpayer
Paid ‘Staff’ 4 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/19/2020 1:54:53 PM Post Reply

Why does a mayor’s wife need a staff at all, complete with a $70,000 a year videographer? Good question. But apparently, that’s the current setup in New York City, which should surprise no one. The Daily Mail has released some details on Chirlane McCray’s setup and it’s pretty astonishing. Not only does she have 14 people on her “staff” — the taxpayers are on the hook for about $2,000,000 as a result. (Snip) including a $70,000 videographer who filmed her baking cookies – while crime soars amid NYPD budget cuts, trash is left to pile up on the streets and 22,000 city workers face job losses.

GOP Mocks Bill Clinton For Lecturing
Trump on Oval Office Conduct: Irony
‘Should Not Be Lost on Anyone’ 3 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/19/2020 1:50:07 PM Post Reply

Former President Bill Clinton, whose presidency was engulfed by an extramarital affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, lectured President Trump for bringing “chaos” into the Oval Office during his Tuesday evening address at the Democratic National Convention, drawing a swift reaction from members of the GOP, who could not help but note the irony.(Snip) “At a time like this, the Oval Office should be a command center. Instead, it’s a storm center,”(Snip)“There’s only chaos.” “Just one thing never changes: his determination to deny responsibility and shift the blame. The buck never stops there. Now, you have to decide whether to renew his contract or hire someone else,”

Cindy McCain details husband’s friendship
with Biden for DNC 27 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/19/2020 11:08:29 AM Post Reply

Cindy McCain is going to bat for Joe Biden, lending her voice to a video set to air during Tuesday night’s Democratic National Convention programming focused on Biden’s close friendship with her late husband, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona. She’s just the latest Republican to join in the convention, after a number of notable GOP former elected officials — including former Ohio Gov. John Kasich — endorsed the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee on Monday night. It’s a continuation of a major theme that Democrats have pushed through the first night of the convention — an effort to broaden the party’s appeal to occasional Republicans and disaffected Trump voters.

Democrats Electrify Party With Showcase
of Irrelevant Dinosaurs on Day Two of the
DNC 5 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/19/2020 10:47:45 AM Post Reply

Did anyone watch day two of the DNC? John Kerry and former president Bill Clinton, credibly accused of sexual assault were headlining. Someone wake me up. It really struck me how meaningful it was that Colin Powell and the holy ghost of John McCain were featured. Other “Republicans” have appeared or are scheduled to appear: failed presidential candidate John Kasich, former GOP New York Congressman Susan Molinari (also a former Google employee and current Atlantic Council member), former N.J. Governor Christine Todd Whitman and Silicon Valley denizen Meg Whitman. Of course we know these “Republicans” would characterize themselves as “moderates” but the Democrats have taken a hard left turn:

S&P 500 closes at a record, erasing last
of pandemic losses 3 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/18/2020 5:59:00 PM Post Reply

Wall Street clawed back the last of the historic, frenzied losses unleashed by the new coronavirus, as the S&P 500 closed at an all-time high Tuesday. The day’s move was a relatively mild one, nudging the index up 7.79 points, or 0.2%, to 3,389.78. That eclipses the S&P 500′s previous record closing high of 3,386.15, which was set Feb. 19, before the pandemic shut down businesses around the world and knocked economies into their worst recessions in decades. The S&P 500′s milestone caps a furious, 51.5% rally that began in late March.

Our BLM Jihadis 9 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/18/2020 1:31:11 PM Post Reply

The Grampa Simpson “old man yells at cloud” meme is funny, to be sure. But leave it to black folks to go it one better by screaming at a lake. Last month, “Afro-Latinx” singer-actress Naya Rivera drowned while swimming in Lake Piru in Ventura County, Calif. Rivera had grown up in the area; the lake was not unfamiliar to her. It was an accident, and nothing more. Still, a black life was “taken,” so a petition was created to “cancel” Lake Piru. “Lake Piru needs to go down. Now and forever. It’s taken too many lives,” brayed signatory Erin Jordan. “Naya Rivera and others deserve f***ing justice. Nobody deserves to f***ing drown

Michelle Obama’s Gaslighting Speech
Took Some Nerve, Attacking Trump With
a Hot Mess of ‘Going Low’ 15 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/18/2020 10:41:09 AM Post Reply

I don’t know if you’ve been watching the Democratic National Convention.(Snip)On Monday night, during the virtual convention, they even broke out former First Lady, Michelle Obama, to pitch on his behalf. While most of the other speakers had been boring, I will grant you she wasn’t boring. What she was was insufferable, not to mention deceitful, trying to pitch that she was “going high.” She’s very much like her husband. It sounds nice, but then when you start looking at it, you see all the issues. She started off insulting the American voters who elected Donald Trump, implying that he only won because some people didn’t think their votes mattered.

Obama Allies Casually (and Repeatedly)
Slam Biden in POLITICO Piece 5 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/18/2020 10:35:47 AM Post Reply

Barack Obama is very careful about some things. He makes sure his political allies know that his legacy has to be protected.(Snip)So, when a POLITICO Magazine piece comes along and attacks his Vice President, Joe Biden, as incompetent and a joke, and the quotes are all coming from former Obama staff and aides, you know that this is deliberate. There is a reason this piece and these attacks see the light of day: Because Obama wants them to. (Snip) it becomes clear that Obama wasn’t so much a fan of Biden as he needed someone who would be both an experienced Washington veteran and a sycophant.

At DNC, John Kasich Voices Faith In Biden’s
Independence Before Sanders Affirms
Biden As A Vehicle For The Revolution 26 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/18/2020 9:54:02 AM Post Reply

Former Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich crossed party lines Monday night to speak out in support of presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at this year’s virtual Democratic National Convention (DNC).During his brief online testimony standing at a literal fork in the road in his hometown Columbus suburb of Westerville, which also held the fourth round of Democratic debates, Kasich’s appearance was meant to suggest broad bipartisan support even coming from a NeverTrumper who never had and never was going to support Trump in the first place.(Snip) “He’s reasonable, faithful, respectful, and you know, no one pushes Joe around.”

California’s Blackouts Display The Results
Of Kamala Harris’s Favored Energy Policy 7 replies

Posted by earlybird 8/18/2020 9:45:55 AM Post Reply

It’s hot out West and California’s electricity grid is under tremendous strain. The state’s first intentional rolling blackouts since its 2001 energy crisis hit on Friday. (Snip)Biden’s past energy policies were fairly standard fare for old-school Democrats: massive government spending and regulations to pick winners and losers—the $535 million Solyndra collapse is illustrative. His current plan is more of the same, spending $2 trillion, some of which will go to buy the silent acceptance of Big Oil. By comparison, Harris’ policies are a radical departure, and (Snip) fail when confronted with the real world. Harris partnered with New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the multi-trillion-dollar Green New Deal,